Death and the Maiden Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Where is Paulina at the opening of this scene?

2. What song begins to play when Paulina tells her story?

3. What does Paulina want Gerardo to do on the Investigating Committee?

4. To what does Roberto admit?

5. What was one thing that revolted Gerardo under the military regime?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Roberto asserts that Gerardo's wife needs psychiatric treatment. Gerardo assures him that he is her treatment.

1. Based on what you've seen thus far of Paulina's actions, do you think she needs psychiatric treatment? Why or why not?

2. Do you think needs psychiatric treatment would be beneficial to anyone who has undergone torture? Why or why not?

3. Do you think a husband should be trying to act as his wife's psychiatrist? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Roberto says that he heard about Gerardo's appointment to the Investigating Commission. He also seems very respectful of the role Gerardo will play, in that he will have many duties and worries on his hands shortly, and wants to help remove the trouble with the car.

1. Does Roberto's offer of help and wanting to talk about the commission seem suspicious? Why or why not?

2. Do you think Roberto's offer of help is logical given he has just met Gerardo? Why or why not?

3. Could Roberto's behavior in the statement above be a foreshadowing? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Paulina is frightened, even in her own home. She has survived severe torture and prison. This has affected her greatly.

1. Do you think her survival is due more to her mental toughness or physical toughness? Why?

2. What qualities do you think would be necessary for someone to survive what Paulina has been through?

3. Paulina is suffering from post traumatic stress disorder. What do you think that means?

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